About Fritz Peterson


Fritz Peterson is a former Major League Baseball player for the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers from 1966 to 1976.  He was a southpaw starting pitcher and was an American League All-Star in 1970 when he went 20-11 for the Yankees.

During his eleven seasons in the MLB, Fritz compiled a 133-131 record, with a 3.30 ERA and 1,015 strikeouts.  He pitched in 355 games — starting 330 of them.  Peterson had the all-time lowest earned run average at the original Yankee Stadium, with a 2.52 ERA (Whitey Ford (2.55) was second — a record that can never be broken.

In his nine years as a Yankees pitcher, Peterson had a 109-106 record, with a 3.10 ERA and 893 strikeouts. Between 1969 and 1972, Peterson was one of the most successful left handed pitchers in baseball; only Mickey Lolich, Mike Cuellar and Dave McNally won more games in the American League than Peterson did during those four years. He is ninth on the Yankees All-Time Games Started list, and tenth on the All-Time Yankees Innings Pitched list.

He is the author of three books, including  When the Yankees Were on the Fritz: Revisiting the Horace Clarke Era,  which was published in 2015. His other books were well received: Mickey Mantle Is Going to Heaven (2009) and The Art of De-Conditioning: Eating Your Way to Heaven (2012).

3 comments

  1. richard a valentine jr

    To Mr. FRITZ PETERSON;
    I was just emailing you to see if you still sign your sports cards by any chance.
    I have just a few that are not in the best of shape since being handled and shown a lot to others.
    And I was just asking if you still would sign them for me if possible and if so where would I send them to a well.
    Thanks again for your time and reply.
    Thanks again Richard valentine

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  2. bob murphy

    Fritz, I was at Yankee Stadium 50th in 1973 for the double header. I got to watch you warm up under the stands with Jim Hegan. Us kids were in heaven, Jim wanted us to get out but you insisted we could stay and gave us an autograph baseball. Thanks for the memories!

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